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author of Lucky Fish  (Tupelo Press 2011)

September 15, 2016

8:00 pm, MUC 303

Nezhukumatathil is the author of three poetry collections: Lucky Fish (2011), winner of the gold medal in poetry from the Independent Publisher Book Awards and the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize for Independent Books; At the Drive-in Volcano (2007), winner of the Balcones Prize; and Miracle Fruit (2003), winner of Tupelo Press Prize, ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award, the Global Filipino Award and finalist for the Glasgow Prize and the Asian American Literary Award. Her most recent chapbook is Lace & Pyrite, a collaboration of nature poems with the poet Ross Gay.


                           Zone 3 Editors Reading

featuring Andrea Spofford, Amy Wright, and Barry Kitterman

October 6, 2016

8:00pm, MUC 303


Andrea Spofford writes poems and essays, some of which can be found or are forthcoming in The Account, Cimarron Review, inter|rupture, New SouthThe Portland Review, Sugar House Review, Puerto del Sol, and more. She is the author of three chapbooks and one full-length collection of poetry, The Pine Effect.

Amy Wright is the author of Everything in the Universe, Cracker Sonnets, and five chapbooks. Together with William Wright, she co-authored Creeks of the Upper South. She is also Nonfiction Editor of Zone 3 Press, and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Austin Peay State University.

Barry Kitterman (UC Berkeley, Univ. of Montana) is the author of a novel, The Baker’s Boy, and a collection of stories, From The San Joaquin. His work has been recognized through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Council., and the Hambidge Center for the Arts.


A Reading by 2016-17 Acuff Chair of Excellent DOROTHY ALLISON

October 27, 2016

8:00 pm

Clement Auditorium

Allison is the author of the poetry collection The Women Who Hate Me: Poems 1980–1990 (1991). Her story collection Trash (1988) won two Lambda Literary Awards and the American Library Association’s Prize for Lesbian and Gay Writing. Her best-selling novel Bastard Out of Carolina (1992) was a finalist for the National Book Award and has been translated into more than a dozen languages, as well as made into a feature film. Her novel Cavedweller (1998) was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She is also the author of the essay collection Skin: Talking about Sex, Class & Literature (1994) and the memoir Two or Three Things I Know for Sure (1995). Her work is featured in many anthologies, including The Writer’s Notebook: Craft Essays from Tin House (2009). She is the subject of Conversations with Dorothy Allison (2012), by Mae Miller Claxton, and the short documentary film Two or Three Things but Nothing for Sure (1998), by filmmakers Tina DiFeliciantonio and Jane Wagner. Her additional honors include the Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction. (bio from

                  Zone 3 30th Anniversary Reading

featuring Dustin Parsons, Garyt McDowell, & Caitlin McGuire

November 4, 2016

4:00pm, F&M Bank, Franklin Room


Dustin Parsons has an MA from Kansas State University and an MFA from Bowling Green State University. Awards for his writing include an Ohio Arts Grant and a New York Fine Arts grant in creative non-fiction, the 2013 American Literary Review Prize in fiction, the 2014 fiction prize from The Laurel Review and a "notable" in the 2014 Best American Essays. He was awarded a residency fellowship at Wyoming's Brush Creek Foundation of the Arts. He is associate professor of English at State University of New York-Fredonia. He lives in western New York with his wife, the poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and their two wily toddlers.

Gary McDowell is the author of five collections of poetry, including, most recently, Mysteries in a World that Thinks There Are None (Burnside Review Press, 2016), winner of the 2014 Burnside Review Press Book Award, and Weeping at a Stranger’s Funeral (Dream Horse Press, 2014). He’s also the co-editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry (Rose Metal Press, 2010). His poems and essays have appeared in journals such as American Poetry Review, The Nation, and Gulf Coast. He lives in Nashville, TN with his family where he’s an assistant professor of English at Belmont University.

Caitlin McGuire was born in San Diego and grew up in California, but calls Seattle home. She has completed residencies in Croatia, Serbia, and Brooklyn, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in River Teeth, Harpur Palate, Redivider, and Ninth Letter, among others.

Bread & Words

November 21, 2016

6:00pm, MUC Ballroom

Reading at 7:00pm

February 16, 2016
4:00 pm


                       ALUMNI READING

featuring Raven Jackson, Chip Boles, and Anthony Sims, Jr. 

A native of Tennessee, Raven Jackson is a poet and filmmaker currently attending New York University’s Graduate Film Program. A Cave Canem fellow and a graduate of the New School’s Writing Program, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in TriQuarterlyCALYXKweliPhantom LimbPANK, and elsewhere. She is on production on her fourth short film. 

Originally from Nashville, TN, Chip Boles has worked in a combination of traditional and digital media since 2001. Known for realistic illustrations of unreal things, his work tends toward the realistic-but-caricatured; the beautiful-but-monstrous. Boles holds an MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (2007) and a BFA from Austin Peay State University (2000). His illustration clients include The Wall Street Journal Asia and CNN. He illustrated and designed the Yokai Character Collection, which was featured in the New York Times Arts (May 20, 2015). Boles is also a mural and scenic painter, having worked for the series Nashville, as well as Nashville Children's Theater.

After finishing his English degree at APSU in 1999, Anthony Sims went on to an MFA in Film from Ohio University. His feature screenplay, Behemoth, was optioned by Lucy Darwin (Match Point, Lost in La Mancha) in 2006. His short film, "The Day After Stonewall Died" (dir. John Dower) won Best Short Film at the Cannes Short Film Festival. Anthony lives in Atlanta, splitting time between freelance content creation and learning to build web applications.


21st Annual Asanbe Diversity Symposium


Thursday, March 24th, 1:00 p.m.

Morgan University Center 303-305

NOVELIST Marnie Mueller was the first Caucasian born in the Tule Lake Japanese American Segregation Camp in northern California where her father, a pacifist, and her mother, a teacher, worked during World War II. In 1963 she joined the Peace Corps, reporting for duty on the day President Kennedy was assassinated. She spent two years in Ecuador living and working in a barrio. Later, she served as a community organizer in Harlem, as the Director of Summer Programming for New York City under Mayor Lindsay, as a producer of rock and folk concerts, and as the Program Director of Pacifica Radio in New York (WBAI). 

Her widely acclaimed first novel, Green Fires: A Novel of the Ecuadorian Rainforest received a 1995 American Book Award, and the 1995 Maria Thomas Award for Outstanding Fiction. Her second novel, The Climate of the Country, set in the Tule Lake Camp, Marnie Mueller transformed her remarkable personal experience in the relocation camp into fiction. She is currently completing a nonfiction book about her friendship with a Nisel showgirl/Broadway actress who was interned during the war in Minidoka Camp in Idaho. 

Sponsored by the APSU Department of Languages and Literature

April 12, 2016
8:00 pm


A Reading by ANN PANCAKE

author of Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley  (Counterpoint Press 2015)

Pancake's first novel, Strange As This Weather Has Been (Counterpoint 2007), features a southern West Virginia family devastated by mountaintop removal mining. Based on interviews and real events, the novel was one of Kirkus Review's Top Ten Fiction Books of 2007, won the 2007 Weatherford Award, and was a finalist for the 2008 Orion Book Award.

Her collection of short stories, Given Ground, won the 2000 Bakeless award, and she has also received a Whiting Award, an NEA Grant, a Pushcart Prize, and creative writing fellowships from the states of Washington, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Her fiction and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies like The Georgia ReviewPoets and WritersNarrative, and New Stories from the South. She earned her BA in English at West Virginia University and a PhD. in English Literature from the University of Washington.

She now lives in Seattle and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University. (taken from

To read about previous participants in the Visiting Writers Series, visit our Visiting Writers webpage.

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